DIY: Distressed Denim

“Did you get those pants for half price?” Said by every dad in the world when their child walks down the stairs in ripped jeans.

Wouldn’t that have been nice? Actually, I’m pretty sure it cost me double for a hole in each knee.

Ripping jeans yourself is a form of art. It might look easy, but there is a lot more to it than taking a pair of scissors and all your bottled up anger to a good pair of pants.Trust me, I learned the hard way. In doing so, however, I also learned one way that turns out nicely every time.


You will need:

  • Sandpaper
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers

Step 1: Sandpaper.

This is optional, but I think it adds a lot to the look of the jean. Once you’ve decided where you want the rips to be, run sandpaper over those areas to lighten up and distress the denim. You can distress it as much or as little as you would like.

Step 2: Scissors

Now, take your scissors and make a horizontal slit where you want the top of the rip and where you want the bottom of your rip. You should have two parallel cuts. The distance between the slits is dependent on how big you want the rip to be vertically, and the length of the slits is dependent on how big you want the rip to be horizontally.

Step 3: Tweezers

This step is the last one, but it can get very tedious, so I recommend you put on a Podcast, movie, or anything to keep you from going crazy. With your tweezers, you are going to pull out each of the threads that run vertical between the two slits. Often these are the white ones, but it will depend on your pant. It can be difficult at the beginning, but it becomes a lot easier as you go on.

Voila! The perfect pair of distressed denim!



4 Comments Add yours

  1. SammyandSufi says:

    Very creative! Usually they charge you extra to buy a pair like this 🙂


    1. alysemercey says:

      Right! Let me know if you try it out 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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